It's been a tough week for Aidan O'Shea. Roundly criticised for his supposed dive against Fermanagh that earned Mayo a penalty, O'Shea hasn't had a chance to tell his side of the story.
Until now. O'Shea was talking to Sky Sports after his decent showing against Kildare last night - as Mayo advanced in the All-Ireland qualifiers. O'Shea said that he's not surprised that the incident went viral - that's just what happens in this day and age. What he is upset about is the accusation. He says he didn't dive and the fact that there wasn't an alternate angle didn't help. Even so, the abuse he and his family got went too far:
The disappointing thing is there was one camera angle. The national broadcasters only brought one camera down and it was disappointing there was only one angle to show.
Everyone gets to see something in the flash of a second but my conscience is clear, I didn't flop. I'm happy enough. It's has been probably more difficult for my family over the last couple of days...
I don't think I dived. That's the bottom line. I see people having a cut at me. I can be judged and criticised fairly, I've no problem with that, but it was probably unfair during the week.
You can watch the full interview on Sky Sports:
Aidan O'Shea believes criticism he received after being accused of diving has been unfair. https://t.co/PkWu1nOwcF pic.twitter.com/0ZqTs33rY0
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